1/2 Cups Mixed Cheese (we used cheddar and monetary jack)
1/4 Cup Heaping Half & Half
1/4 Cup Milk
1 tsp Salt
1 tsp Pepper
1/2 Cup Shredded Colby Cheese
1/4 Cup Shredded Parmesan Cheese
First, preheat your oven to 400° and place a medium piece of foil on a baking sheet. Cut off the top 1/3 of the head of garlic, place the garlic on the foil, and drizzle on the 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil. If the garlic head is large you will need 2 teaspoons of oil instead of 1 teaspoon. Place the garlic head back on top, wrap the foil up around it and bake for 20 minutes. For the first 15 minutes keep it wrapped, but for the last five minutes unwrap the foil and flip the top off – garlic facing up – to bake for the last 5 minutes uncovered.
This is the perfect time for you to work on the breadcrumbs! In a medium sized bowl mix together the 1/4 heaping cup of extra virgin olive oil, a pinch of salt and pepper, and 1 teaspoon dried parsley flakes. Then fold in the 1 & 1/2 cups diced bread and set to the side.
While the garlic is still baking start boiling your water and cook the 2 cups of pasta according to the packing directions.
Once the garlic is done baking, remove the foil/garlic from the pan and let cool until cool enough to touch. Then squeeze the garlic cloves out onto a plate and mash the cloves with a fork. Once mashed set to the side for later use.
Reline your baking sheet with a new piece of foil and place the breadcrumbs on the sheet. Bake at 400° until golden brown – about 3-5 minutes – then remove from the oven and set to the side for later use.
Once the pasta is cooked al dente, drain, and return the pasta to the pot. Then mix in 2 tablespoons butter, the mashed garlic, 1/2 cup mixed cheese, 1/2 cup shredded Colby cheese, 1/4 heaping cup half & half, 1/4 cup milk, 1 teaspoon salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.
Poor the macaroni and cheese into a baking dish and top it off with 1/4 cup parmesan cheese and a sprinkling of salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
Bake the Roasted Garlic Macaroni and Cheese for 12-15 minutes at 400° and in the last 3 minutes of baking add the breadcrumbs to the dish.
Serve the Roasted Garlic and Macaroni and Cheese with your favorite vegetables and enjoy!
If you want chunks of garlic in your Roasted Garlic Macaroni and Cheese you don’t have to mash all of the cloves completely.